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Man who tried to check out Sudduth student gets second attempted kidnapping charge






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A man who eluded Starkville and Oktibbeha authorities during a two-hour manhunt Friday now faces a second attempted kidnapping charge, a Starkville Police Department press release said. 


John B. Arnold, 45, was first arrested for attempted kidnapping Feb. 16 after he allegedly tried to check out a Sudduth Elementary School student without the child's parents' permission. Arnold posted $100,000 bond and was arrested again Tuesday for violating the conditions of the bond by trying to contact the child's family. His bond was reinstated Wednesday on several conditions, one of which was that he wear an ankle bracelet. 


Authorities said Friday Arnold removed the bracelet, prompting the manhunt. A deputy found him near Greenfield Street, where Sudduth is located, and arrested him.  


A SPD press release said Arnold's second kidnapping charge stemmed from the Friday manhunt but did not release more details. 


Arnold's bond for the Feb. 16 charged was revoked Monday, and his bond for the Friday charge set at $10 million. He has also been charged with contempt of court. 


The Dispatch will update this story as more information becomes available. 





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